Revision petitions filed by brothers Sushil and Gopal Ansal challenging the framing of charges of alleged tampering of evidence in a Uphaar fire tragedy related case will now be heard by Delhi High Court.
The bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul Wednesday transferred four cases currently pending before a sessions court to itself, and said the matters will be heard on a day-to-day basis by the high court bench.
The Delhi Police had in December approached the high court with a plea to transfer the cases from the court of a particular judge to “some other court” raising allegations of “hostility” and “bias” against the judge.
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“The present transfer is warranted in order to protect and uphold dignity and majesty of judicial system and to ensure faith of the citizens in courts of law,” said the bench. The bench said the hearing would start from March 31. Sushil and Gopal Ansal, the owners of Uphaar theatre, and two other accused Dharamveer Malhotra and Anoop Singh had approached the sessions court challenging the order passed by a magisterial court framing charges against them in the case.
The magisterial court had ordered framing of charges against seven accused for abetment of offence, causing disappearance of evidence, criminal breach of trust by public servant and criminal conspiracy. All the accused have denied allegations against them.
On June 13, 1997, fire had broken out at the theatre during the screening of the film ‘Border’, killing 59 people and injuring more than 100.